Elitists on parade

November 12, 2008

carrots

The Sierra Club has a new “green” cooking quiz: “How Green Is My Cuisine”. I have nothing against helpful hints to help you save energy. That only makes sense. But then I read the questions…the smug meter is off the charts here, folks.

One of the questions:

You want to enjoy a mug of tea while you’re steaming carrots (which you’ll douse with a vinaigrette of olive oil, lemon juice, toasted ground coriander, and rose water and top with chopped fresh mint). If you’re heating just one mug of water for your tea, which of these is the most energy-efficient way to do that?

My answer (which wasn’t one of the choices):

I don’t care. You already bought olive oil, vinegar, rose water, lemons, fresh mint, coriander AND carrots. That long grocery list of items with which you doused those humble carrots takes a hell of a lot of energy to produce too. Why are you worrying about how you are heating up the water for tea?

(h/t Kate)

(for those of you still worried about how you should heat your tea, the answer is a microwave)

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6 Responses to “Elitists on parade”

  1. superdave524 Says:

    Ah, Come on, John It’s not easy bein’ green.

  2. John in IL Says:

    So true. Being a smug elitist asshole is much easier.

  3. kate Says:

    How come I didn’t get the whole smug thing when I read it? Could that mean I’m a smug elitist asshole?

    Nah….

  4. superdave524 Says:

    John’s not far off the way the “green” thing is perceived by a lot of folks, Kate. Poor folks can’t afford Priuses, and probably don’t have much motivation to compost. Kinda like the Florida government gal that you posted about poor people being lucky because they have more time to jog. And remember the debate you and QJ had about healthy food and vegetables and poor people? Now, John, you probably wouldn’t like my solution: recycling and those sorts of things should be required by law. It’s the only way that the majority of folks are going to do it (me, included. And I know better).

  5. John in IL Says:

    Now, John, you probably wouldn’t like my solution: recycling and those sorts of things should be required by law. It’s the only way that the majority of folks are going to do it (me, included. And I know better).

    You guessed correctly. So you want some government official snooping through your garbage to see if you are or are not recycling? Talk about spying on Americans.

    And Kate, you are not an asshole.

  6. John in IL Says:

    To reiterate my point. If you are buying all those ingredients to flavor simple carrots, you are using (wasting?)energy. Smug green elitists want everyone else to sacrifice but somehow don’t realize that their own lavish lifestyles are also contributing to the problem that they want to solve.


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